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Harper Chalice’s systems now integrate with ISM’s Genesys PSIM solution

Harper Chalice has announced that its range of perimeter security systems are now able to fully integrate with the Genesys Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) manufactured by Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM).

Genesys is the culmination of thousands of man-hours, engineering excellence and patent-approved application. It’s a fully-integrated PSIM system capable of integrating multiple solutions. Interoperability is enabled from one holistic platform. Genesys encompasses high levels of functionality, exceptional ease of use, graceful redundancy and advanced alarm handling.

The Genesys system works on a network of Windows 7 or Windows 10-compatible PC workstations. These have overall control of all electronic security systems installed at each site.

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The Genesys System integrates Harper Chalice’s network system, namely SecureBus. The integration allows for centralised monitoring and control of all of the perimeter intrusion detection systems in the latter’s range.

The SecureBus network not only provides complete control and monitoring of the systems in the field, but also affords live system feedback and the ability to adjust alarm settings and thresholds. This provides better management of the overall security systems as well as helping to reduce maintenance costs through proactive management of the systems.

Harper Chalice’s managing director Chris Hackett said: “This integration is another example of the developments we’re making to our systems. We’re moving forward with integration partnerships to provide our customers with improved functionality and system performance.”

Hackett added: “Understanding that our clients have to consider not only capital cost of the systems, but also the full life costs, we’re continually looking at ways in which to minimise these costs, while also increasing the value added in our overall solutions.”

Stephen Smith, ISM’s managing director, responded: “We’re very pleased to add Harper Chalice integration into our Genesys integrated security management platform, allowing high levels of integration and control from this excellent technology. It has been a pleasure working with Chris and his team to provide a comprehensive integration. It’s always refreshing when the protocol is well documented and offers high levels of control to provide the end user with an excellent and comprehensive experience.”

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UK’s biggest prison now on verge of full capacity

The biggest prison in the UK should reach full capacity pretty soon, with construction work on track to end this month and allow the opening of the third and final wing. The first prisoners were moved to HMP Berwyn in Wrexham on 28 February and into Bala wing, with this wing and its cousins collectively designed to house 702 prisoners.

The second wing, designated Alwen, opened in May, with Ministry of Justice (MoJ) bosses confirming the third and final wing, Ceiriog, is on schedule to open this month, bringing the total capacity of adult male offenders to 2,106 – 500 inmates more than the biggest current prison in England and Wales was built to hold.

The majority will be Category C prisoners, meaning that they’ve been assessed as having a lower likelihood of escaping, though some Category B prisoners could also be accommodated.

Governor Russ Trent has explained that his emphasis is on rehabilitation, with staff calling the prisoners ‘men’ who will have ‘rooms’ rather than cells.

The construction of HMP Berwyn began in May 2015 and will cost £250 million.

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Reductions in overcrowding

The Government has pledged to spend £1.3 billion on new prisons. After the riots in HMP Birmingham last year, Justice Secretary Liz Truss said the new prison in Wales ‘will help to reduce overcrowding across the estate’. Nine more new prisons are expected to be built, with five set to be opened by 2020.

Binns Fencing won the order to supply and install almost 2 km of 5.2 metre-high prison-standard secure perimeter fencing for the Wrexham ‘super prison’. Manufacturer Zaun supplied the MoJ-approved prison posts and fencing mesh.

Binns has proposed a new model of perimeter security and PIDs procurement and delivery, whereby it offers a single point of contact for the complete perimeter security package, providing greater opportunity for innovation, in turn reducing complexity and the need for managing multiple contractors.

The company believes this could offer significant cost savings on PIDs cable installation as well as both contract and project management costs.

HMP Berwyn is already anticipated to be the cheapest prison to run per prisoner in England and Wales.. It’s expected to run at £14,000 per head per year, including overheads, compared with £40,170 at HMP Parc in Bridgend, which was built under the Government’s Private Finance Initiative and is operated by G4S.

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Zaun enhances ArmaWeave with ability to rake and PIDs

The “most intruder-resistant fence” on the high security market can now be raked across undulations in ground levels due to manufacturer Zaun developing an installation method to make best use of the properties of the high security fabric.

The ArmaWeave fencing is produced on the world’s largest mesh weaving machine at Zaun’s West Midlands manufacturing base. It limits the need for stepping panels on slopes and reduces installation costs significantly compared with standard welded mesh systems while still conforming to the highest rated standards for fencing products defending against forcible attack.

Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman told Risk UK: “We had to invest in the weaving machine ahead of the sales in the belief that we could produce an innovative product which installers, specifiers and managers at high security facilities would want.”

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ArmaWeave is tested to the very highest standards and can be combined with other intruder systems, electronics and access control to create the “optimum integrated fencing” solution.

Its “unique” properties add substantial resistance to cutting attacks perpetrated by hand, powered and non-contact tools. The tight mesh pattern provides no climbing aids, once again limiting the potential for unwanted intrusion.

In a further development, ArmaWeave has been approved for use with a range of microphonic perimeter intrusion detection (PID) cable systems after testing for many months at a Ministry of Defence facility.

Zaun wins MEI Physical Security Award 2015

Zaun Group has won the Physical Security Award 2015, which was presented by former England cricket captain Graham Gooch at the Major Events Summit in London.

Trade body Major Events International (MEI) has established the Summit as what it plans to become an annual flagship event aimed at showcasing the expertise of its members and offering a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing forum for the sector.

The Summit takes place over two days with day one covering safety, security and resilience and Day Two focused around venue technology and operations.

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Zaun joined MEI a year ago to extend its opportunities to supply temporary high security fencing systems to major sporting events worldwide.

MEI has provided international business services and market penetration for more than eight years to companies who want to take advantage of Olympic and World Cup opportunities and win more business in major events.

It interfaces with the international mega sporting events market and can offer in-country early entry support including proposal development, translation, sustained customer contact and market intelligence.

MEI boasts contacts and connections with the key players in the UK, Europe, Russia, Qatar, Brazil, USA, China, Japan and Australasia.

Zaun supplied temporary high security fencing for last summer’s 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and for the 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

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Southwest Microwave awarded CPNI certification for INTREPID MicroPoint II perimeter security sensors

Southwest Microwave, the developer of integrated electronic perimeter intrusion detection systems, has recently received Government certification from the UK’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) for its INTREPID MicroPoint II intelligent fence-mounted perimeter intrusion detection sensor.

Focused on the protection of national security and reducing the UK’s vulnerability to terrorism or criminal threats, the CPNI provides protective security advice spanning physical, personnel and cyber/information security. Tasked with recommendation and specification of specific security measures and protocols that deter, detect or minimise the consequences of attack, CPNI employs a range of stringent professional standards to rigorously test and approve physical security equipment for the protection of Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sites.

Certification of INTREPID MicroPoint II by CPNI qualifies the system as a reliable perimeter fence detection solution for the fortification of CNI installations.

All MicroPoint II system components, including Processor Module (PM II), Control Module (CM II), MicroPoint MC115 (standard) and MC315 (armoured) sensor cables, JB70A Lightning and Surge Protection Module and PS49 Power Supply are now itemised in CPNI’s Catalogue of Security Equipment, published to support key public and private sectors partners in the selection of equipment approved to protect essential national services and assets.

“Our INTREPID MicroPoint II fence-mounted perimeter intrusion detection system has been deployed worldwide to secure critical energy, transportation, Government and industrial sites along with many other facilities linked to CNI,” explained Martin Lomberg, Southwest Microwave’s European general manager.

“The successful accreditation of the MicroPoint II by CPNI reinforces its capabilities as an effective counter-terror solution for the highest security applications, both here in the UK and abroad.”

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Navtech Radar focuses attentions on PIDS for airport projects

Navtech Radar has installed Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) at 16 major European airports in a bid to address client requirements in relation to security breaches which can result in considerable operational losses at such locations.

Navtech Radar is now one of the world’s leading suppliers of radar-based Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) for airports. Having installed 16 AdvanceGuard system solutions, and with a considerable number of airport-based projects currently undergoing installation, Navtech Radar is delivering PIDS compliant with the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Security Manual 8973.

Preventative security measures are crucial for passenger safety and confidence, as stipulated by the ICAO and EU 300/2008 and 2320/2002 regulations.

Speaking about this issue, Navtech Radar’s business development manager Jason Burger explained: “The uninterrupted running of airport operations is imperative, as unlawful interference culminating in a security breach can result in huge operational losses due to the time taken for evacuation procedures or the temporary closure of an airport.”

Multi-radar surveillance at an airport

Multi-radar surveillance at an airport

Large area to secure

Typically, commercial airports harbour extremely large perimeter areas, with many of them in excess of 15 km. Those perimeter zones can be both expensive and difficult to secure, most notably in adverse weather conditions.

Burger continued: “Navtech Radar’s frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) 76 GHz technology is ideally suited to this challenge. The robust design of the radars, coupled with their ability to operate on a 24/7 basis in all types of light and weather conditions, and even in dense fog, renders the AdvanceGuard solution a preferred technology for the challenges faced by airport operators and their security teams.”

With low installation and ongoing maintenance costs, end users will be keen to learn that the overall cost of ownership associated with AdvanceGuard is very competitive when compared with traditional fence detection systems.

Navtech’s radar surveillance technology can deliver further cost savings by re-addressing the balance between technology and physical security guarding solutions. With 360° radius detection offering a range of up to 1,000 metres of manned detection, Navtech’s radar systems are described as “the perfect solution” for perimeter and critical security restricted area surveillance.

Burger added: “Multiple overlapping radar sensors may be networked to offer site-wide security coverage for the end user which is controlled and monitored via a single PC running Navtech Radar’s sophisticated Physical Security Information Management software.” The latter is named Witness.

Jason Burger: business development manager at Navtech Radar

Jason Burger: business development manager at Navtech Radar

Reference sites: AdvanceGuard in action

To date, AdvanceGuard reference sites include Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Valencia (Spain) and Bristol Airport in the UK.

An additional benefit of the Navtech Radar AdvanceGuard solutuion is that it has the potential to be used as a surface movement system, meaning that the radars would serve a dual purpose for the end user customer.

Fernando Garcia Rodrigues (project manager for equipment and facilities in the Operations, Security and Services Directorate at Valencia Airport) explained: “We had a number of key issues we wanted to address by way of a new wide area surveillance solution. We needed to detect intrusions to the airport area, follow any intruders once they were inside the airport and avoid expensive civil works. We had to cover a huge area but had no tube bank or any other canalisation available for cabling. We also wanted to minimise communication and power costs.”

In addition, there was a desire to have the same alarm rate and response in any weather or light conditions and, at the same time, present a friendly and easy-to-use system for the operators.

“Now,” continued Rodrigues, “we have a solution in place with a very low false alarm rate. We can distinguish between ‘friend’ and ‘intruder’ and, in terms of the latter, follow them on site. This makes it much easier and faster to direct the intercepting security patrols.”

End user experiences at Bristol Airport and Ostrava Airport

Chris Ware, head of security at Bristol Airport, has also spoken of the AdvanceGuard solution.

“We selected AdvanceGuard based on all of its all-weather capabilities and operational experience at other airports,” outlined Ware. “A further major factor is that the solution demonstrates the lowest false alarm rate.”

Ware added: “We tend to experience a good deal of fog in Bristol. It was critical that the new solution could cope with that, as well as any heavy rain and snow. The AdvanceGuard solution also gives us superior track and trace capability in comparison to other types of technology solutions. To date, the system has met all of our expectations.”

PIDS in action

PIDS in action

Bristol Airport’s head of security also said: “I would like to highlight the fact that the system benefits also include an automatic tracking capability and rule-and zone setting flexibility within the Witness2 software suite. The system’s alarm log and operator acknowledgement features provide an audit trail for both employer and employee. This is vital, as members of staff can be seen to have followed procedures because there’s now a security system in place that documents they’ve done so.”

Petr Voráč, head of security for Ostrava Airport, explained: “In comparison with other radar systems which use just one long range radar unit, the Navtech Radar solution was better because the airfield has a non-uniform shape. One large unit would have given us problems with ‘dead zones’ where there would have been no detection due to ground slopes and non-linear fence lines.”

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